Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow Snack Mix is a quick, easy-to-make crowd favorite. Chex cereal is coated in white chocolate and tossed in cinnamon sugar.
I can't get enough cinnamon this time of year. That's what makes this Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow the perfect snack for the fall season. Chex cereal is coated in melted white chocolate, then tossed in two types of sugar and cinnamon.
Puppy chow is a great snack for several reasons. One, you don't need to turn on the oven.
Two, you can make a lot at a time, which will feed a crowd. Three, you only need a few simple ingredients to make this addictive snack.
What is puppy chow?
It should go without saying, but - snickerdoodle puppy chow is meant for humans only, not dogs!
This popular American snack was named "puppy chow" due to its similar look to the dog food with the same name.
For more information, check out: Wikipedia: Puppy chow (snack)
Ingredients and substitutions
Any plain chex cereal will work for this recipe, like rice chex or corn chex. Wheat chex can also be used if desired. Or, try using a combination of all three!
White chocolate chips can be substituted with white chocolate melting wafers if you happen to have them on hand.
Puppy chow without peanut butter
Traditional puppy chow, or muddy buddies, contains peanut butter. If you're not familiar, here is a fantastic recipe for a classic puppy chow.
However, I know that nut allergies can be an issue, especially with kids, school parties, and birthdays.
My snickerdoodle puppy chow contains NO peanut butter, making it the perfect snack mix for your next Halloween party, event at school, or to add to birthday party grab bags.
Serving a crowd
This recipe, as shown, makes about eight half cup servings. If making for a party, I'd suggest doubling or tripling your recipe for a large crowd.
If no one has an aversion to nuts, you can also add peanuts, pistachios, cashews, or almonds to your snack mix.
I'd suggest adding about 1 cup of mix-ins for every 4 cups of chex cereal used.
Try adding mini marshmallows and graham cracker pieces to make a s'mores mix!
Snickerdoodle Puppy Chow
- 4 cups chex cereal
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- In a large bowl, add cereal. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, microwave white chocolate chips for 30 seconds, stir. Microwave for additional 30 second increments until chips are melted and smooth. Pour chocolate over cereal and stir carefully to fully cover but not break the cereal. Pour cereal mixture into a large gallon size plastic bag (or, continue in the same bowl you're using).
- In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon and granulated sugar. Pour over cereal mixture, close bag, and shake to coat cereal. Add powdered sugar, close bag, and shake to evenly coat cereal (or, stir until evenly coated, if using a bowl).
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and pour cereal mixture into a single layer. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes (or until chocolate has hardened). Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
- Using a plastic bag is optional, you can toss your cereal to coat in the original bowl you were using, or in a paper bag.
- Mixing in a bowl will be a bit messier, so I suggest using an apron and a large bowl in case the powdered sugar goes flying!
- Optional mix-ins. Try adding 1 cup of mix-ins for every 4 cups of cereal used: pretzels, m&m's candies, nuts, cookie pieces, mini marshmallows, or graham cracker pieces.
- For a large party, try doubling or tripling this recipe.